IDS Newsletter #4, April 2011

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Dear Readers,

in the current issue of the newsletter we will focus the attention on dermoscopic features of seborrheic keratosis. A dedicated section and the case of the newsletter will discuss about the many faces that these benign lesions can show, being sometimes not easy to differentiate from malignant keratinocytic tumors and melanoma.

I’d like also to give you updates about the decisions took by the IDS board meeting during the last assembly in New Orleans. The assembly took place during the AAD congress in New Orleans on February 4, 2011. Representatives of two societies operating in the field of non invasive diagnosis of skin tumors were invited to enter the board, namely Allan Halpern for the International Society of Digital Imaging of the Skin (ISDIS), and Giovanni Pellacani for the International Confocal Working Group (ICWG). As already happened this year in New Orleans, the IDS meetings in the next years will take place in conjunction with the ISDIS meeting and ICWG meeting. These collaborative session will be scheduled once a year during the AAD congress and will mainly focus on a scientific agenda. The assembly also decided to end the relationship with “Dermatology” as official journal of the IDS. The new journal will be Dermatology Practical and Conceptual.This is a free access, peer reviewed journal, first issued in October 2011. The collaboration with the journal will guarantee free access for 1 year to Derm 101, a huge on line dermatologic resource, to all IDS members.

Finally, I’d like to highlight the ongoing UDA project. The aim of this project is to create a new, unified IDS-consensus algorithm composed of the dermoscopic features that are most discriminatory between nevi and melanoma. Additional aims will be to compare the current algorithms using a single evaluation session;to test the diagnostic value of new dermoscopic features that are not scored in the current algorithms and to test the difference between polarized and nonpolarized dermoscopy regarding diagnostic accuracy by the different features. We are very keen about this project and curious about the results, which could bring us to the definition of a new algorithm for diagnosing pigmented skin tumors. Broad participation of the IDS members is thus strongly encouraged.

Visit the IDS website to find more information.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at one of the next meetings

With all my best regards

Elvira Moscarella